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USA Gymnastics sets up fund for athletes abused by Nassar

February 8, 2018

Rachael Denhollander hugs Det. Lt. Andrea Munford Monday, Feb. 5, 2018, after the third and final day of sentencing in Eaton County Court in Charlotte, Mich., where Nassar was sentenced on three counts of sexual assault. (Matthew Dae Smith/Lansing State Journal via AP)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — USA Gymnastics has established a fund it says is designed to assist gymnasts who were victims of disgraced former sports doctor Larry Nassar.

The Athlete Assistance Fund was announced Wednesday in cooperation with the National Gymnastics Foundation.

USA Gymnastics President Kerry Perry says they want to provide financial support for girls and young women to access counseling and mental health services.

More than 260 women and girls have said Nassar abused them, often under the guise of medical treatment, including while he worked at USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University.

He’s serving a 60-year federal prison sentence for child pornography. He’s also been sentenced twice to at least 40 years in state prison in Michigan for sexual abuse and assaults.

A National Gymnastics Foundation committee will oversee the fund. An independent third party will administer it.

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